Like bacon, it does make almost everything better. And these Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits? Well I don’t know if they are better than their sibling, Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits, but they are certainly equally delicious and something to ooh and aah over.
One night I was making soup for dinner and I had forgotten to pick up some good crusty bread to go with it. I didn’t really have time to play around with a yeast bread, but I did have some buttermilk in the fridge, so I thought I would go with it and whip up a quick batch of biscuits.
Of course, then I saw the block of sharp cheddar and it was a no brainer. I made the Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits as I normally would, but added a handful of shredded cheddar after the butter and shortening were cut in, but before the buttermilk was added. Then, just to be fun, I sprinkled a bit of cheese on top of each biscuit to signal that these were no ordinary buttermilk biscuits…these were different.
Even though my family loves biscuits, I was worried how well they might go with the soup I was serving that night. A fluffy biscuit is pretty far off from a hot and crusty artisan bread. But necessity is the mother of invention and I needed something to round out the meal. My biscuit recipe always turns out great and biscuits plus cheese should equal delicious…as long as the cheese didn’t drastically change the texture and loft that I love in the recipe.
Some restaurants serve these in their bread basket and people love them….if you ask for the recipe, you’ll often find that they’re made with Bisquick. I don’t have anything against Bisquick. I like Bisquick. I don’t use it often, but I can’t tell you that I don’t occasionally have a box in my pantry for those days I want a head start on breakfast. It makes a quick fluffy pancake and is a great head start for pumpkin pancakes if I don’t feel like making them completely from scratch. It makes biscuits that my kids like, but those biscuits can’t compare to homemade biscuits. The texture and flavor is so much better with a biscuit from scratch. It’s really worth the extra time.
I’ve given you all my tips and tricks on how to make perfect Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits. You can check out that post for lots of information and video tutorials. Once you’ve gotten them down, you’re good to go ahead and make these Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits. It’s only one more step of shredding up some cheese. Oh, and definitely shred your own cheese. The pre-shredded cheese in a bag has a coating on it to keep the shreds separate and freshly shredded will simply work better here. (Alright, you can use the stuff in a bag if you must, but trust me when I tell you that shredding your own is better.)
So what happened when I served these biscuits? Well, they were hot and fluffy and cheesy and everyone ooh’d and aah’d and oh my gosh’d and asked for seconds. I wondered if my family would think these biscuits would go with the soup as well as the hot crusty bread I had promised…but honestly…it was almost like,